Apple Releases New Firmware Update for AirPods and Beats Products: Enhanced Security and Bug Fixes

Apple Releases New Firmware Update for AirPods and Beats Products: Enhanced Security and Bug Fixes

By: CE Critic

Apple has recently rolled out a new firmware update for a wide range of its popular audio devices, including the AirPods Pro (1st and 2nd generation), AirPods Max, AirPods (2nd and 3rd generation), Beats Fit Pro, and Powerbeats Pro. The update aims to enhance security, address bugs, and potentially introduce other improvements to the overall user experience.

Firmware Version Breakdown

Each of the compatible devices has received a specific firmware version with this update:

Key Security Enhancement: Addressing Bluetooth Spoofing Vulnerability

One of the most notable aspects of this update is the resolution of a security vulnerability related to Bluetooth connections. Previously, an attacker within Bluetooth range could potentially spoof a paired device and gain unauthorized access to the headphones during a connection request. The update has implemented improved state management to mitigate this risk, ensuring more secure pairing and connection processes.

Additional Improvements: Bug Fixes and Potential Enhancements

While Apple's official statement only mentions "bug fixes and other improvements," it is speculated that the update may also include enhancements to various aspects of the AirPods and Beats experience. These could potentially involve improvements to Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) performance, sound quality, call clarity, or other features. Apple's continuous efforts to refine its audio products through firmware updates underscore its commitment to delivering optimal user satisfaction.

How to Update Your AirPods or Beats Firmware

Unlike many other software updates, AirPods and Beats firmware updates are not manually triggered by the user. Instead, they are delivered automatically when the devices are charging and within Bluetooth range of an iPhone, iPad, or Mac connected to Wi-Fi. This seamless approach ensures that users always have the latest firmware version without needing to take any specific actions.

To verify the current firmware version of your AirPods or Beats product:

  1. Open the Settings app on your paired iOS device.
  2. Navigate to the Bluetooth menu.
  3. Locate your AirPods or Beats device in the list of paired devices.
  4. Tap the "i" icon next to the device name.
  5. The Firmware Version number will be displayed on the screen.

Looking Ahead: AirPods Pro 2 Feature Updates

Later this year, Apple is expected to introduce exciting new features to the AirPods Pro 2, including:

  • Siri Interactions: Users will be able to interact with calls, messages, and notifications through head nods or shakes.
  • Voice Isolation: Machine learning will enhance voice quality while reducing background noise during calls.
  • Personalized Spatial Audio for Games: Gamers will benefit from improved latency and voice quality.
  • Custom Adaptive Audio: Users can tailor Adaptive Audio settings to their preferences using Siri commands.


Apple's latest firmware update for AirPods and Beats demonstrates the company's ongoing commitment to enhancing security, addressing bugs, and potentially introducing new features to its audio products. Users can rest assured that their devices will automatically receive the update when the conditions are met, ensuring a seamless and secure audio experience. As Apple continues to innovate in the audio space, users can anticipate further enhancements and refinements in the future.